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Pure Metal News: November 2005 Part 1

~LINEA 77 - Storm Italian charts at number 9!~

Linea 77 smashed into the top 10 of the Italian national album charts last week “ straight in with a bullet at Number 9. Their album AVAILABLE FOR PROPAGANDA' was the highest placed new entry, beating off challenges from HIM “ Darklight (in at number 10), Crazy Frog “ Crazy Hits (in at number 14) and Opeth “ Ghost Reveries (in at number 52).



~BEECHER - Record Radio 1 Session and announce UK dates.~

Manchester's own Beecher were recently invited to the BBC's Maida Vale Studios to record a live session for the Radio 1 Rock Show.

The session, which contains five songs in total - all culled from their recently released album 'This Elegy, His Autopsy', will be broadcast between 1am (GMT) and 3am on the night of Tuesday 1st November.

Those not in the UK can listen to both the live show and an archived - on demand version

The band will also be hitting the road for a string of UK dates:

Thurs 24th Southampton Joiner
Fri 25th Watford the Railway Club
Sat 26th High Wycombe - White Horse
Sun 27th London Underworld
Mon 28th Bristol The Croft
Tues 29th Swindon TBC
Thurs 1st Hartlepool - The Studio
Fri 2nd Wolverhampton - Little Civic
Sat 3rd Nottingham - Disco 2
Sun 4th Leeds - Cockpit
Mon 5th Glasgow - Barfly
Tue 6th Aberdeen - The Tunnels
Wed 7th Liverpool - Roadkill



~SHORTIE - A look ahead...~

A recent conversation with Shortie guitarist Pag showed high hopes for the future of Shortie.



~CIRCLE OF DEAD CHILDREN – “Zero Comfort Margin” video online.~

Pittsburgh's CIRCLE OF DEAD CHILDREN have just completed work on a new video clip for the title track of their just released new album “ZERO COMFORT MARGIN”



~AKERCOCKE - "Getting Ococke" excellent fan and critics response to new album.~

Akercocke are chuffed to fuck that their latest album OWORDS THAT GO UNSPOKEN, DEEDS THAT GO UNDONE' is turning out to be the classic they knew they'd recorded over the past six months.



~EPHEL DUATH - Live pain in November...~

Treading the fine line between the sane, jazz-metal confusionists EPHEL DUATH release their latest affront to common decency with the mind melting paradigm that is Pain Necessary To Know on November 7th



~CANDIRIA 'Blood video unveiled'.~

Death defying New York 5 piece CANDIRIA unveil 'BLOOD', their second video clip from the WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOUS' album.



~DEADBIRD - Plans for new record and '06 touring.~

Arkansas doom-laden sludge metallers Deadbird are currently in the process of preparing material for a new album to be recorded as of January 2006.

Though it may seem like recording a new album already may be pre-emptive, The Head and The Heart was a originally released in March of 2005 through Codebreaker Records.


John Peel documentary available online

A year on from the untimely death of legendary UK broadcaster John Peel and as part of a series of events to mark and honour his passing BBC Radio 1 recently broadcast a documentary titled 'KEEPING IT PEEL'.

Included among the many paying homage in the documentary is Earache records very own Digby Pearson. Pearson speaks dearly of John Peel, his influence and patronage of Earache's early roster as well as his dedication to bringing unsigned and emerging bands to forefront for the listeners.

The broadcast is available for streaming here


~SEVERE TORTURE - Tracklisting announced to new album O'Fall Of The Despised'.~

Dutch death mongers SEVERE TORTURE have announced the tracks that will appear on their devastating new record 'Fall Of The Despised' via their new label, Earache Records on November 7th


~ANAL C*NT - Seth Putnam candid interview.~

Former Earache records artists Anal C*nt were generally controversial and brought more verbal animosity than any other Earache artist. In October
2004, Anal C*nt frontman Seth Putnam slipped into a life threatening coma.

As to be expected, the reactions from Seth's trip to death's door were mixed at best.



~DEICIDE - New Lineup, UK, Europe Tour and more!~

"Things are going good." stated a good hearted Glen Benton when asked how things were going with Deicide.

The band has a lot coming up, a tour of the UK and Europe, new band members and alot more on the horizon. Some new blood has entered Deicide in the form of Jack Owen (Ex Cannibal Corpse) and Ralph Santolla (Ex Iced Earth, Death). Jack and Ralph will be the new ax-wielders
of the sinister Deicide and Glen Benton looks forward to the new lineup;

"Everyone is getting along great. I'm excited to get out there and play again without any hassles," stated Benton.



~CALLISTO - Begin work on new album~

Finnish Emo-Aggro metallers CALLISTO have begun work on their follow up to TRUE NATURE UNFOLDS', released on Earache back in March of this year.



~HYATARI - 'Light Carriers' Shows...~

Doom Rockers Hyatari have some live shows coming up in their neck of the woods this fall in which they promise to create their signature massive wall of sound and doom.



~BLOOD RED THRONE - Lineup shift before European tour~

Norway's Death Metal demons Blood Red Throne have had some changes within their ranks recently. New members Vald (vocals) and Anders (drums) will be joining current members Død, Tchort and Erlend for their upcoming European tour with Mortician and Akercocke this coming November.

According to guitarist and founding member Død, former vocalist Mr. Hustler could no longer continue with Blood Red Throne due his occupational commitments. 

Meanwhile, former drummer Espen "Beist" Antonsen was not available to perform and rehease with the band as often as other members would've liked so the band opted for someone within a closer vicinity to the rest of the members. Død also said that he was excited about taking the new line-up out on the road, stating, "we're ready to kick ass live!"



~WATCHMAKER release OERASED FROM THE MEMORY OF MAN' in Europe on December 5th.~

The killing machine is back ! Boston's Watchmaker return with their brand new full length OERASED FROM THE MEMORY OF MAN'.

Ultra pissed , insanely violent and brutal, this is the bands most focused and lethal release to date.



~NEURAXIS European release for TRILATERAL PROGRESSION in December.~

Montreal, Canada's Neuraxis remain as progressive and vital as ever with their brand new full length, OTRILATERAL PROGRESSION' which is set for European release on December 5th.



~Glen Benton Featured on Roadrunner's United The All Star Sessions.~

Earache and Deicide's very own master of evil Glen Benton recently contributed to the ground-breaking 25 year anniversary spectacular Roadrunner artist collaboration, "Roadrunner United: The All Star Sessions" CD and DVD, which is available now via our webstore.

© Earache Records Ltd 2005 Earache News may be used by print and online


~DEW-SCENTED - Renew deal!~ 

A tried and trusted partnership will be continued: DEW-SCENTED signed a new deal for further albums with NUCLEAR BLAST! The band just toured with NEVERMORE across Europe, in November they will embark on an US trip with VADER, before they will come back to Europe again in February. The picture shows the guys with NUCLEAR BLAST employees during the signing of the contract in the Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg at the end of the NEVERMORE tour.

In other news DEW-SCENTED will play another Europe Tour in 2006. The confirmed dates:

"The Domination Tour 2006"
Cryptopsy, Grave, DEW-SCENTED, Aborted, Vesania & Hurtlocker

31. January 06 (PL) Warsaw - Proxima
01. February 06 (D) Berlin - K17
02. February 06 (D) Hannover - Musikzentrum
03. February 06 (NL) Groningen - Vera
04. February 06 (NL) Katwijk aan Zee - Scum
05. February 06 (NL) Weert - Bosuil
06. February 06 (F) Tourcoing n/Lille - Le Grand Mix
07. February 06 (UK) Manchester - Jilly´s Rockworld
08. February 06 (IRE) Dublin - The Voodoo Lounge
09. February 06 (UK) Glasgow - Barfly
10. February 06 (UK) London - Camden Underworld
11. February 06 (B) Antwerpen - Hof Ter Loo
12. February 06 (F) Paris - La Locomotive
13. February 06 (F) Toulouse - La Ramiere
14. February 06 (F) Lyon - Tba
15. February 06 (F) Strasbourg - Tba
16. February 06 (CH) Zürich - Abart Music
17. February 06 (D) Essen - Turock
18. February 06 (D) Elterein n/Aue - Hagalaze.V.
19. February 06 (CZ) Prague - Black Pes
20. February 06 (A) Wien - Arena
21. February 06 (I) Milano - Transilvania Live
22. February 06 (I) Rome - Alpheus
23. February 06 (CH) Geneva - L´Usine
24. February 06 (D) Trier - Ex Haus
25. February 06 (D) Georgsmarienhütte n/Osnabrück - Tor 3
26. February 06 (D) Hanau n/Frankfurt - Halle 2
27. February 06 (NL) Arnhem - Goudvishal
28. February 06 (NL) Rotterdam - Baroeg
01. March 06 (D) Hamburg - Markthall
02. March 06 (DK) Aalborg - 1000 Vryd 


~EXODUS - Complete European live itinerary~ 

Bay Area thrashers EXODUS have announced their complete European itinerary in support of their latest album, "Shovel Headed Kill Machine". Confirmed dates are as follows:


2 - Sacramento, CA at The Boardwalk 
3 - Santa Ana, CA at The galaxy Theatre
4 - San Marcos, CA at The Boulevard
5 - Santa Clara, CA at The Avalon Theatre

November (support TBA)
11 - Dublin, Ireland at Voodoo Lounche 
12 - Cork, Ireland at Cruiscin lan 
13 - Glasgow, Scotland at Cat House 
14 - London, UK at Underworld 
15 - Manshester, UK at Jilys 
17 - Sneek, Holland at Bolwerk 
18 - Flensburg, Germany at Roxy 
19 - Kolding, Denmark at Godset 
20 - Göteborg, Sweden at Musikenshus

November (with HYPOCRISY) 
22 - Jyvaskyla, Finland at Lutaako 
23 - Oulu, Finland at TBA
24 - Helsinki, Finland at Nostory 
25 - Tartu, Estonia at Nooruse maja 
26 - Riga, Latvia at Salamandra 
27 - Warszawa, Poland at Proxima 
28 - Wroclaw, Slovakia at WZ 
29 - Budapest, Hungary at A 38 
30 - Ljubljana, Slovenia at Media Park

1 - Cham, Germany Stadthalle 
3 - Lyon, France at TBA

December (X-Mass Festivals 2005, featuring headliners Hypocrisy, NAGLFAR, WINTERSUN and PRIMORDIAL)
4 - Paris, France at La Locomotive
5 - Essen, Germany at Zeche Carl
6 - Berlin, Germany at K17
7 - Munchen, Germany at Backstage
8 - Brno, Czech Republic at Fleda
9 - Engelsdorf, Germany at Hellraiser
10 - Wien, Austria at Planet Music
11 - Innsbruck, Austria at Hafen
12 - Rome, Italy at Alpheus
13 - Pratteln, Switzerland at Z7
14 - Ludwigsburg, Germany at Rockfabrik
15 - Hanau, Germany at Halle 2
16 - Strasbourg, France at La Laiterie
17 - Tilburg, Netherlands at 013 (+ ONSLAUGHT and more TBA)
18 - Antwerpen, Belgium at Hof Ter Loo (+ Onslaught and more TBA) 


IN FLAMES - Drummer to sit out UK tour~ 

IN FLAMES drummer Daniel Svensson will sit out the band's upcoming U.K. tour with MOTÖRHEAD while awaiting the birth of his second child. "We asked an old friend of ours, Tobbe Kellgren, to handle the drums for the tour and he gladly accepted," the band write on their web site.

Since the tour is already underway, has been updated with photos from the band’s October 30th date with MOTORHEAD at Colston Hall in Bristol, England. Check them out at this location.

In other news, IN FLAMES held "a listening party" for their new album, "Come Clarity", with media people and guests at the Storan Theater in Gothenburg. "For this special occasion, we made a 'rehearsal video' for the whole album that we showed to our guests," the band write on their web site. "Directing it was once again Patric Ullaeus [DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL]! Patric and Anders [Fridén, vocals] worked really hard to get it done in time for the viewing and when the rest of us saw it it blew us away! Hopefully this is something that also YOU will be able to enjoy in the future — we'll see."

On the touring front, IN FLAMES will kick off a U.S. headliningtrek at "the end of January that will be running until the end of February," according to a posting on the gorup's web site. "After that we are touring Europe from early March until April sometime. We will let you know as soon as we have some details (dates, support, etc.). On this Eurotrip we will try to do at least 5-7 shows in the U.K. — hopefully even getting to Ireland for the first time!"

As previously reported, IN FLAMES's new album, "Come Clarity", is scheduled for a February 7, 2006 North American release through Ferret Records. The CD will be issued in Europe on February 6, 2006 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The follow-up to 2004's "Soundtrack to Your Escape", "Come Clarity" was mixed at Tonteknik studio in Umeå, Sweden and is "the best one we've ever done," according to IN FLAMES guitarist Jesper Strömblad. "It's kind of a mixture between the new stuff and the old stuff," Strömblad told Greece's Metal Temple webzine in a recent interview. 

"Like the previous two albums were a little bit experimental for us, we changed producers and we changed studios. So we took all the good stuff from the old stuff and the new and we did this album and it's brilliant. It's awesome. . . Musically it's more up tempo, more melodic to show that we have so much more to give and we're really hungry. The best album is yet to come."

IN FLAMES recently completed a U.S. tour as one of the main-stage acts at this year's Ozzfest. The band will tour the U.S. for over half of 2006, starting with the headlining tour in January. A video for the new album's opening track, "Take This Life", is being shot this week with director Ullaeus. 


~ANTHRAX - Scott about the future~ 

The good people at BW&BK caught up with ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian minutes before the metal thrashing axeman hit the stage at the Bell Center in Montreal, Quebec, as part of the band's current reunion tour opening for JUDAS PRIEST.

The bottom line of the interview is: ANTHRAX do not know yet who will sing on their next studio album – Joey Belladonna, who returned to the fold for a reunion of the Eighties line-up, or John Bush, who has been with the band since 1993 and sang on the latest batch of new material, the wonderful "We've Come For You All" (2003).

So we all have to wait and see, basically. 


~CLAWFINGER - Euro tour!~ 

Crossover pioneers CLAWFINGER will set off for a European tour in January 2006. The yet confirmed dates are:

11.01.06 D Hamburg - Logo
12.01.06 D Cologne - Prime Club
13.01.06 CH Fribourg - Frisson
14.01.06 CH Zurich - X-Tra
16.01.06 A Vienna - Planet Music
17.01.06 A Graz - Orpheum
18.01.06 HR Zagreb - Tvornica
19.01.06 H Budapest - Petofi Csarnok
20.01.06 CZ Prague - Abaton
21.01.06 PL Warsaw - Stodola

More dates for early February 2006 are planned and will be revealed soon!

CLAWFINGER will release their brand new album "Hate Yourself With Style" on November 18th 2005. Never before the guys have sounded more groovy, hard and aggressive – don't miss this modern crossover masterpiece! Now go hate yourself…

In other news, CLAWFINGER have relaunced their website! Check out 


~BAL-SAGOTH - Sixth album nearing completion.~ 

The musical instruments for the sixth BAL-SAGOTH album have finally been recorded after a long delay. The vocal session can now begin imminently, which will be followed by the final mix. Fans who are impatiently awaiting the much anticipated sixth album can understand that the band always seeks to ensure their work is of the absolute highest standard, and to achieve that standard sometimes takes a considerable amount of time. But finally, the album is almost complete and the wait is almost over!

Just some of the highlights fans can look forward to on the sixth album are:

1) The thrilling second chapter of the epic "Obsidian Crown" saga, which began way back on the second Bal-Sagoth album "Starfire Burning Upon The Ice-Veiled Throne Of Ultima Thule" from 1996! Fans who have waited almost ten years to find out what happens next in this thrilling story will finally get their wish!

2) The best and most dynamic organic orchestral synth sounds ever heard! Much time and effort has been put into refining the famous Bal-Sagoth keyboard sound to its ultimate level, and every advance in modern audial technology has been taken advantage of. On the sixth album fans will experience amazing symphonic sounds which exceed every other release, sounding totally and uncannily genuine. Real orchestra! Real choirs! Real metal!

3) Incredible new artwork and expansive lyric booklet! The lyric booklet for the sixth album will be the biggest and most elaborate one yet. Multiple full colour pages, in depth text and amazing new artwork by renowned fantasy artist Martin Hanford. The packaging for the sixth album will be the best publication so far.

Keep checking for updates on the final stages of the sixth album's creation at 


~BLIND GUARDIAN - Scandinavian and German tour dates~ 

BLIND GUARDIAN have announced the details of the Scandinavian leg of their European tour, which is scheduled to take place in September/October 2006. The group's itinerary is shaping up as follows:

Sep. 07 - Pratteln, SWI @ Z7
Sep. 08 - München, GER @ Tonhalle 
Sep. 09 - Stuttgart, GER @ Congress Centrum B 
Sep. 11 - Langen, GER @ Stadthalle 
Sep. 12 - Hannover, GER @ Capitol 
Sep. 13 - Düsseldorf, GER @ Philippshalle 
Sep. 15 - Trier, GER @ Europa Halle 
Sep. 16 - Lichtenfels, GER @ Stadthalle 
Sep. 17 - Hamburg, GER @ Markthalle
Sep. 21 - Malmö, SWE @ Baltiska Hallen
Sep. 22 - Göteborg, SWE @ Lisebergshallen
Sep. 23 - Oslo, NOR @ Rockefeller
Sep. 24 - Stockholm, SWE @ Annexet
Sep. 26 - Helsinki, FIN @ Tavastia

BLIND GUARDIAN recently replaced drummer Thomen Stauch, who left the band in April after 20 years. The new man behind the kit is fellow German Frederik Ehmke, who is said to be "fairly unknown in the world of metal."

The production of BLIND GUARDIAN's debut album for Nuclear Blast Records is being handeld by producer Charlie Bauerfeind. No album title has been set as of yet, but it looks like the CD will contain a total of ten songs. Working songtitles include "Carry the Blessed Home", "The Edge", "In Search for the Lionheart", "Market Square", "Another Stranger Me", and "Otherland". 


~AMORPHIS - Details for upcoming album~ 

The new album by AMORPHIS will be entitled… "Eclipse".

Here is the tracklist:

01. Two Moons
02. House Of Sleep 
03. Leaves Scar 
04. Born From Fire 
05. Under A Soil And Black Stone 
06. Perkele (The God Of Fire) 
07. The Smoke 
08. Same Flesh 
09. Brother Moon 
10. Empty Opening

Release date: Feb 2.

Guitarist Esa Holopainen commented: "We just had listening session at Nuclear Blast office and feedback seems to be really positive. I guess we have to organize another session for Finnish reporters but I'm not sure if we have enough money to cover their drinks. Finnish reporters are extremely thirsty. But still, the more they drink, better they like the album! Way to go!"


~COMMUNIC - Live clips from Rock Hard festival~ 

Prog metal hopefuls COMMUNIC performed on this year's Rock Hard festival in Gelsenkirchen. You can watch to clips from this show at the following locations: 
· Video 1 
· Video 2

~GRAVEWORM - Tour cancelled for health reasons~ 

We just received the bad news that GRAVEWORM have to cancel their first headliner tour with immediate effect due to health problems of singer Stefan Fiori. The band is very sorry about the cancellation but unfortunately has to face up to the facts.


~DIMMU BORGIR - Euro and US release dates of "Stormblåst"~ 

Nuclear Blast Records has pushed back the European release date (except Germany and Scandinavia) of the the updated, re-recorded version of DIMMU BORGIR's 1996 album, "Stormblåst", to November 14 from the previously announced November 7. The CD will be released in Germany on November 11 and in Scandinavia on November 9. The delay is being attributed to "pressing plant problems."

The album will be released in North America on February 7, 2006 with a limited collectors item. This edition will only be available in the North American pressing.

"Stormblåst" was completely re-recorded with producer Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN) and MAYHEM's Hellhammer on drums. Check out the album's new artwork at

The new version of "Stormblåst" adds two brand-new audio tracks: "Sorgens Kammer – Del II" and "Abmaktslave", plus a live DVD of an entire set filmed from last year's Ozzfest. The album will be released in a cool digipack design with a booklet containing a lot of old pictures of DIMMU BORGIR. A LP version containing a bonus single with the two new bonus tracks will also be released.

DIMMU BORGIR will shortly be filming a video for the track "Sorgens Kammer – Del II" with director Patric Ullaeus of Sweden's Revolver Film Company. The band are scheduled to begin writing material for their next studio album this fall for a tentative late 2006 release. The CD, which will feature a guest appearance by MAYHEM's Hellhammer on drums, will be "a full story/concept album," according to a posting on the group's web site. 


~DARKANE - Road report from the US~ 

DARKANE guitarist Christofer Malmström posted the following update from the band's North American tour with FEAR FACTORY, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD and SOILWORK at the band's official website on November 1st:

"Today we´re in Milwaukee, WI. Been doing four shows so far, so only 29 to go! The audience has been really great so far! I´m surprised that so many people have shown up for the opening act... something that is not taken for granted when you open up in Europe.

Two days ago we were in Chicago. The first thing we did was to take a walk in that beautiful city to the Sears Tower, the tallest building in the US. The view was fantastic! We also took a group photo with this green screen where they put the tower in the background if you buy the pic. We´ll see if we can scan it and put it up here. When returning to the House of Blues we suddenly found ourself in one of the VIP opera boxes in the balcony at a gospel concert! For five Swedes that was a really cool experience!

After the show we took off for a night club together with Gene and Devin from SYL. Poor thing was that it was an 21 and over club and Gene didn´t bring his ID, so he didn´t get in. What is that!!?? Same thing happened to Klas but for some reason he got in anyway. I guess it´s the angel like blond hair, or the help of the merch girl Robin.

Yesterday we played Minneapolis, MN. Cool thing is my father lived and worked in this city 46 years ago. I guess he didn´t guess his son was gonna come back as a touring musician many years later. The show was cool as well. Peter finally got his own drums so he doesn´t have to play Gene's monster truck anymore.

Burton from Fear Factory had some Halloween make up on and the scissor sisters on stage for a song.

Today we´ve got hold of some electrical devices that we need for our backing track machine and if everything goes smooth we´ll finally have everything up and running for tonight's show! I´m happy Jörgen and Andreas are good technicians."

See you out there!!!



~PRIMAL FEAR - Album enters German charts at #65~ 

PRIMAL FEAR's latest album, "Seven Seals", has entered the German national album chart at position No. 65. In the Sweden, "Seven Seals" reached No. 77!

The follow-up to 2004's "Devil's Ground", "Seven Seals" was produced by the group's bassist, Mat Sinner, along with Charlie Bauerfeind (BLIND GUARDIAN, HALFORD, HAMMERFALL), at the House of Music studio near Stuttgart, Germany and was mixed at the Warehouse studio in Vancouver, British Columbia with Mike Fraser (AC/DC, METALLICA, COVERDALE/PAGE, SLIPKNOT, AEROSMITH, THE CULT). Mastering duties were handled by Achim Köhler at Indiscreet Mastering and Björn Engelmann at the Cutting Room in Sweden. A video for the album's title track has been posted online at (Real Media). The clip was shot in July in Munich, Germany with director Volker Hannwacker of AVA Studios. Check out photos from the video shoot at this location.

PRIMAL FEAR have been confirmed as the special guest for HELLOWEEN on their upcoming European tour beginning in late November. A list of confirmed dates can be found at this location. 


~ANTHRAX - Support Aids charity with e-card~ 

To support the HIV/AIDS charity "Lifebeat" and "Lifeline & Rape Crisis PMB", ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has personally designed wristbands that are sold on The money goes to those affected By HIV/AIDS and rape issues in South Africa.

In true metal fashion, the sentence on the wristbands say: "F**king is some much more fun than war." Right on!

Check out this e-card to help support this. 


~THUNDERSTONE - Change in tourdates~ 

Please find hereby an update of the upcoming tour. We have a change on the 09.12.2005 because the dutch local promoter withdrawed from the show.

Rock Hard, Rock It & Powermetal.De present


01.12.2005 D-München, Backstage
02.12.2005 D-UIm, Take Off
03.12.2005 D-Würzburg, Bechtolsheimer Hof NEW!!!
04.12.2005 D-Ludwigsburg, Rockfabrik
05.12.2005 D-Dortmund, Live Station
06.12.2005 D-Köln, MTC
07.12.2005 D-Frankfurt, Nachtleben
08.12.2005 D-Heidelberg, Schwimmbad Musikclub
09.12.2005 D-Gelnhausen, LorbassCHANGE!!!
10.12.2005 NL-Hellendorn, Lantaarn
11.12.2005 B-Vosselaar, Biebob
12.12.2005 t.b.a.

Tickets by Mail for all shows in Germany at: www.metaltix.deor Phone +49 (0)4627 18380 


~DEW-SCENTED - Euro tour in 2006!~ 

After their very successful tour as support of NEVERMORE, the German Thrash commando DEW-SCENTED will strike again to turn every venue to ash!

Don´t miss this killer package!

"The Domination Tour 2006"


31.01. POL Warsaw @ Proxima
01.02. GER Berlin @ K-17
02.02. GER Hannover @ Muzik Zenter
03.02. HOL Groningen @ Vera
04.02. HOL Katwijk aan Zee @ Scum
05.02. HOL Weert @ Bosuil
06.02. FR Tourcoing n/Lille @ Le Grand Mix
07.02. UK Manchester @ Jilly's Rockworld
08.02. IRE Dublin @ Temple Music Bar
09.02. SCO Glasgow @Soundhaus 
10.02. UK London @ Camden Underworld
11.02. BEL Antwerpen @ Hof Ter Lo
12.02. FR Paris @ La Locomotive
13.02. FR Toulouse @ Le Ramiere
14.02. FR Lyon @ tba
15.02. FR Strasbourg @ tba
16.02. CH Zurich @ Abart Music
17.02. GER Essen @ Turock
18.02. GER Elterein n/Aue @ Hagalaz e.V.
19.02. CZ Prague @ Black Pes
20.02. GER Munich @ Backstage
21.02. ITA Milano @ Transilvania Live
22.02. ITA Rome @ Alpheus 
23.02. CH Geneva @ L'Usine
24.02. GER Trier @ Ex Haus
25.02. GER Osnabruck @ Tor 3
26.02. GER Hanau n/Frankfurt @ Halle 2
27.02. HOL Aarnhem @ Goudvishal
28.02. HOL Rotterdam @ Baroeg
01.03. GER Hamburg / Marx
02.03. DEN Aalborg @ 1000 Fryd 


~HAMMERFALL - Bassist to collaborate with orchestra~ 

HAMMERFALL bassist Magnus Rosén will collaborate with the Gothenburg Symphonic Orchestra (the national orchestra of Sweden) under the "Respekt" banner (Swedish for "Respect"). In September 2006, about 15 concerts will be performed at the Concert Hall in Gothenburg, Sweden. The occasion will mark the first time a rock bassist has performed with the 108 men and women of the symphonic orchestra.

Magnus is relay looking forward to this: “We have not yet decided what we are going to play. There will be songs of my solo albums, of course, but may be also some Bach?”

What is more Magnus is planning more charity concerts in Peru, Chile, Costa Rica and Canada after the great success of his work for the poor last year.

In addition to recording and touring with HAMMERFALL, Magnus Rosén has made a name for himself though his strong commitment to social causes, including charity tours in South America and performances in various churches.

Commented Magnus: "Considering that our society is made up of people with a wide range of physical characteristics, opinions and ethnic backgrounds, we must see the advantages of our differences. With this collaboration we wish to show our youth the importance of respect, ethics and morality."

More information regarding this unique project will be revelaed during 2006.

Magnus Rosén will join his HAMMERFALL bandmates on a European tour beginning on October 25. Click here for the dates. 


~EDGUY - Rocket ride world tour~ 

After releasing their next full length album »Rocket Ride« on January 20, EDGUY will embark on a concert trek aptly titled the "Rocket Ride World Tour".

The first batch of dates:


Mo 06.02.2006 Pratteln (CH) Z7 
Di 07.02.2006 Mailand (I) Rolling Stone 
Do 09.02.2006 Madrid (E) Aqualung 
Fr 10.02.2006 Porto (P) Hard Club 
Sa 11.02.2006 Bergara (E) Sala Jam 
So 12.02.2006 Barcelona (E) Razzmatazz 2 
Di 14.02.2006 Lyon (F) Transbordeur 
Mi 15.02.2006 Paris (F) Elysee Mont Matre 
Fr 17.02.2006 Stuttgart (D) Longhorn LKA 
Sa 18.02.2006 Kaufbeuren (D) ALL-Karthalle 
Mo 20.02.2006 Langen (D) Stadthalle 
Di 21.02.2006 Köln (D) Live Music Hall 
Mi 22.02.2006 Oberhausen (D) Turbinenhalle 
Fr 24.02.2006 Lichtenfels (D) Stadthalle 
Sa 25.02.2006 Osnabrück (D) Halle Gartlage 
So 26.02.2006 Hamburg (D) Markthalle 
Di 28.02.2006 Göteborg (S) Trädgarn 
Mi 01.03.2006 Stockholm (S) Arenan 
Do 02.03.2006 Lund (S) Mejeriet 
Sa 04.03.2006 Fulda (D) Wartenberg Oval Angersbach

Mar. 15th Osaka, Osaka Club Quattro
Mar. 16th Tokyo, Ebisu Liquid Room (Cap.900)
Mar. 17th Tokyo, Ebisu Liquid Room (Cap.900)


~DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER - New album in the works~ 

DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER (a.k.a. THE APOCALYPTIC RIDERS) came up with a new studio album. "Riders On The Storm" is announced as a brute, manic, highly emotional record. And such statements have to be taken seriously - as everyone who knows the guys should know! The pre-production is already in the works, recordings will start in February in the Principal Studios Senden, Germany (DIE BÖHSEN ONKELZ, IN EXTREMO among others), the release date is set for the end of August 2006. A storm is rising... 


~SUCH A SURGE - Farewell tour!~ 

After 14 years, 6 albums and approx. 600 gig, German crossover veterans habe decided to play their last tour next year, before the band will be put on hold indefinitely.

As the band write in an official statement:

"SUCH A SURGE gave us the opportunity to always follow our own path and create something that we always will be proud of.

Maybe the day will come, when we want to say something together again as SUCH A SURGE. But now we feel the need to start a new chapter. It's time to face the challenges of life separately.

Through many unforgettable moments, SUCH A SURGE did shape us as human beings. So we didn't take this step lightly. But for the same reason we are looking forward very much to the farewell tour from Jan 26 to Feb 23, where want to rock out with all the fantastic SURGE fans and friends – because this always was and still is the greatest part!

So whoever wants to go through those 14 years with us, from »Gegen den Strom«, »Silver Surger« to »Jetzt ist gut« and »Mission erfüllt«, should definitely come to a show!

We want to thank all those, who were with us all this time, who supported and believed in us! This we will never forget!

1992-2006 – Farewell tour 2006
Presented by: JÄGERMEISTER Rockliga, VISIONS, Uncle Sally`S , EASTPAK
26.01.2006 Köln - Underground
27.01.2006 Bielefeld - JZ Kamp
28.01.2006 Chemnitz - AJZ
29.01.2006 Würzburg - AKW
30.01.2006 Nürnberg - Hirsch
01.02.2006 A-Wien - Planet Music
02.02.2006 A-Graz - Orpheum
03.02.2006 A-Traun - Spinnerei
04.02.2006 A-Dornbirn - Conrad Sohm
06.02.2006 Frankfurt-Batschkapp
08.02.2006 Stuttgart-Röhre
09.02.2006 Saarbrücken-Garage
10.02.2006 CH-Solothurn - Kofmehl
11.02.2006 CH-Zürich - Dynamo
15.02.2006 Hamburg - Grünspan
16.02.2006 Berlin - SO36
17.02.2006 Jena - Kassablanca
18.02.2006 München - Backstage
23.02.2006 Braunschweig - Jolly Joker
Tickets (for Germany): or 01805-562030 


~NIGHTWISH - Video posted~ 

A 30-second video clip of NIGHTWISH's final performance with frontwoman Tarja Turunen, which took place on October 21 at the Hartwall arena in Helsinki, Finland, has been posted online. Check it out: Real Media, Quicktime. The concert was filmed professionally for an upcoming DVD, "End of an Era", tentatively due in late 2006. The group's setlist for the show was as follows.

01. Dark Chest Of Wonders
02. Planet Hell
03. Ever Dream
04. The Kinslayer
05. Phantom Of The Opera
06. The Siren
07. Sleeping Sun
08. High Hopes
09. Bless The Child
10. Wishmaster
11. Slaying The Dreamer
12. Kuolema tekee taiteilijan
13. Nemo
14. Ghost Love Score
15. Creek Mary's Blood
16. Over The Hills And Far Away
17. Wish I Had An Angel

NIGHTWISH fired Turunen via an "open letter," which was given to the singer immediately following the Helsinki show. The group are currently seeking a replacement vocalist before entering the studio in September 2006 to begin recording the follow-up to 2004's "Once", tentatively due in mid-2007.


~MESHUGGAH - Pics and setlist from the US~ 

NUCLEAR BLAST AMERICA have posted several pictures from MESHUGGAH's Halloween show in Santa Ana, CA on their MySpace page at this location.

Here's the Setlist of the show:

The Mouth Licking What You've Bled
Soul Burn
Rational Gaze
Perpetual Black Second
Catch Thirty Three
New Millenium Cyanide Christ
Straws Pulled At Random
Future Breed Machine 


~KATAKLYSM - Album done, last shows for 2005 planned~ 

Canuck extremists KATAKLYSM will be premiering, on January 1st, a new song called 'Like Angels Weeping (The Dark)' ,from the bands highly anticipated new album »In The Arms Of Devastation«.

KATAKLYSM guitarist J-F Dagenais comments: "The new album is at the record label, gearing up for production as we speak. Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, MNEMIC) did a phenomenal job on the mix, the album sounds very powerful and very well balanced. Everyone at NUCLEAR BLAST in Europe and the States seem to think this is our strongest album to date (that makes you feel very confident I must say!) They are very excited and so are we. For me this album is just another piece to the KATAKLYSM puzzle but a very important one indeed. We really found our niche and the the determination of the band is felt all over this record. I think our fans will dig this one alot!! Play it loud February 20th!!"

KATAKLYSM have lined up their last shows for 2005 in Canada:

15 - Quebec City, QC at Kashmir
16 - Toronto, ON at The Marquee
17 - Trois-Rivieres, QC at The Manchester 


~EDGUY - Several support acts confirmed~ 

EDGUY have confirmed six dates in the UK supporting DRAGONFORCE as part of their European tour. The package will then hit continental Europe, where DRAGONFORCE will support Edguy. In addition, SAVAGE CIRCUS have been confirmed as support for EDGUY in Japan.

Tour dates are as follows:

27 in Manchester, UK at MDH**
29 in Nottingham, UK at Nottingham Rock City**
30 in Leeds, UK at Leeds Metropolitan University** 
31 in Glasgow, UK at Glasgow Carling Academy**

1 in Newcatle, UK at University**
3 in London, UK at Astoria**
6 in Pratteln, Switzerland at Z7 
7 in Milan, Italy at Rolling Stone 
9 in Madrid, Spain at Aqualung
10 in Porto, Portugal at Hard Club
11 in Bergara, Spain at Sala Jam
12 in Martcelona, Spain at Razzmatazz 2
14 in Lyon, France at Transbordeur
15 in Paris, France at Elysee Montmartre
17 in Stuttgart, Germany at LKA 
18 in Kaufbeuern, Germany at All-Kartbahn 
20 in Langen, Germany at Stadthalle 
21 in Köln, Germany at Live Music Hall 
22 in Oberhausen, Germany at Turbinenhalle 
24 in Lichtenfels, Germany at Stadthalle Osnabrück, Germany at Halle Gartlage 
26 in Hamburg, Germany at Docks 
28 in Gothenburg, Sweden at Trädgarn

1 in Stockholm, Sweden at Arenan
2 in Lund, Sweden at Mejeriet
4 in Fulda, Germany at Wartenberg-Oval 
15 in Osaka, Japan at Quattro***
16 in Tokyo, Japan at Ebisu Liquid Room***
17 in Tokyo, Japan at Ebisu Liquid Room***
** supporting Dragonforce
*** Savage Circus as support


~MNEMIC - Live pics with new singer posted~ 

NUCLEAR BLAST AMERICA have posted several pictures from MNEMICS's Halloween show in Santa Ana, CA on their MySpace page at this location. Check out the nice devil costume…

MNEMIC are currently kicking ass on the Fury of The Fall North American Tour with labelmates MESHUGGAH! This is MNEMIC's first tour with new singer Tony Jelencovich (formerly of TRANSPORT LEAGUE and B-THONG), who replaced Michael Bøgballe earlier in the month.

Commented the band: "After this run, we'll start demoing the new songs we have worked on until now, and go in the studio in February with Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN) to record our third album."

Make sure to catch MNEMIC when they join forces with Sweden's ARCH ENEMY on their upcoming North American Tour which kicks off on November 12!

Jack Vegas
Blood Stained
Door 2.12


~COMMUNIC - Studio time booked~ 

Guitarist/vocalist Oddleif Stensland reports that studio time for COMMUNIC's sophomore album has already been booked for February 2006 at Hansen Studios, which is where the band recorded their debut album. Their second album will also be produced by Jacob Hansen.

In other news, COMMUNIC has landed an endorsement deal with HOT PICKS USA. Vendor information is available at


~RAGE - Tour dates announced for 2006~ 

RAGE have posted the following tour dates for 2006 at their official website:

5 in Nürnberg, Germany at Hirsch 
6 in Zlin, Czech Republic at Masters Of Rock Cafe 
7 in Budapest, Hungary at Wigwam 
8 in Wien, Austria at Planet Music 
9 in Graz, Austria at Orpheum 
11 in Treviso, Italy at New Age
12 in Florence, Italy at Ministry 
13 in Milan, Italy at Rainbow

FREEDOM CALL will be on board as support. More dates are expected to be announced soon. 


~AMON AMARTH conquering Iceland!~

Last weekend AMON AMARTH played two sold-out shows in front of an enthusiastic crowd in Reykjavik, Iceland! The band returned to the same venues they played in early 2004, but this time the shows were even more successful. 
Thanks to all the folks who came to the glorious Grand Rokk and the Hellirinn (also known as Tonlistarþrounarmidstodin) to make these two nights something to remember!
AMON AMARTH are currently touring North America with Children Of Bodom. 
Photo credits from the Iceland shows: Hallfridur G. Beck


~DISILLUSION news update~

It is about time. Since February, DISILLUSION are working on their second full length record at their Salvation Recording studio in Leipzig and are now very close to finish the song-writing process. As already presumed months ago: the new record will not be a follow-up to BACK TO TIMES OF SPLENDOR - that is for sure. No fields but motorways, where once were woods now concrete reigns. What then was orange is set ablaze. For all that, the new songs are much more DISILLUSION than ever before. The band is also looking forward to soon leaving BTTOS behind them, most of all live. Despite the constant attempts to shrink the monolithic material to a live-3-piece, it simply will not get any better.
Still, some concerts are set, most probably the very last ones for BTTOS:
Nov 19 - [Ger] Oschatz / E-Werk
Dec 03 - [Ger] Aue / Winter's Dawn Festival
Dez 10 - [Ger] Höchen / Glanhalle - Killing Santa Claus Party 
Dez 16 - [Ger] Hamburg / Fundbureau 
Dez 17 - [Ger] Hannover / Underworld 
Dez 26 - [Ger] Bautzen / Power Of Expression Festival 
Jan 21 - [Ger] Bayreuth / KOMM.
Recordings of the new record will probably begin in February - where and how they will be done, will be decided soon. A first, very careful and temporary plan predicts May / June 2006 for release date of the record.
Also, in about 3 weeks there will be a reissue and a special edition of the BTTOS shirts. 

Talk to you very soon,


~THE RED CHORD to play Persistence tour~

THE RED CHORD have been confirmed to play the Persistence tour


01.12. Wiesbaden - Schlachthof (Germany) w/o FULL BLOWN CHAOS + THE BONES
02.12. London - Forum (England) + 50 CALIBER 
03.12. Essen - Fun Box Amalie (Germany) + ZERO MENTALITY 
04.12. Brussels - Ancienne Belgique (Belgium) 
05.12. Hamburg – Große Freiheit (Germany) + DISCIPLINE + THE BONES 
06.12. Nürnberg – Löwensaal (Germany) + ZERO MENTALITY 
07.12. Wien – Arena (Austria)
08.12. Solothurn - Kofmehl (Switzerland) + CATARACT
09.12. Amsterdam – Paradiso (Netherlands) + SETTLE THE SCORE 
10.12. Dresden – Alter Schlachthof (Germany) + DISCIPLINE 
11.12. Berlin – Huxleys (Germany) + NARZISS


~THREAT SIGNAL - Sign with Nuclear Blast!~ 

Canadian metallers THREAT SIGNAL have signed to NUCLEAR BLAST!

THREAT SIGNAL's music can be described as low-end, syncopated thrash, with melody intertwined. The band was fed up with groups playing whiny emotional songs about girls, and also with the simplicity of nu-metal. Threat Signal combines the complexity of old school and European thrash music with de-tuned, technical syncopation, as well as melodic singing and musical passages. The bands influences include SOILWORK, FEAR FACTORY, PANTERA, MESHUGGAH, and MUDVAYNE.

You can hear a couple of THREAT SIGNAL songs at this location. 


~COLDSEED - Speed's and Thomen's band signed~ 

SOILWORK singer Björn "Speed" Strid and former BLIND GUARDIAN/current SAVAGE CIRCUS skinsman Thomen Stauch are collaborating on a project called COLDSEED – and signed a deal with NUCLEAR BLAST!

Expect their debut album in the spring!

COLDSEED have uploaded rough-mix audio samples of two tracks from their upcoming debut album. Check out the songs "Democracy Lesson" (mp3) and "On My Way" (mp3).

Commented Stauch, "Keep in mind that the songs are still not the final mix, but they sound already pretty nice and still good in 96 kbps! In the next weeks, we will work still on the design for the [band's official web] page, like COLDSEED logo etc...and there will be 1-2 more songs uploaded for your headbanger ears! "

Strid had previously described COLDSEED's music as "a mixture between RAMMSTEIN and ALICE IN CHAINS." 


~EKTOMORF - Supporting Children of Bodom!~ 

EKTOMORF & ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET will be supporting CHILDREN OF BODOM on their forthcoming european tour!

Presented by Rock Hard:

27.12.2005 (D) KÖLN / Live Music Hall
28.12.2005 (NL) TILBURG / 0 13
29.12.2005 (B) ANTWERP / Hof Ter Loo
30.12.2005 (D) LEIPZIG / Haus Auensee
31.12.2005 (CH) PRATTELN / Z 7
02.01.2006 (I) MILAN / Rolling Stone
03.01.2006 (A) WÖRGL / Komma
04.01.2006 (SLO) LJUBLJANA / VPK Mediapark
05.01.2006 (HR) ZAGREB / tba
06.01.2006 (A) WIEN / Planet Music
07.01.2006 (A) LINZ / Posthof
08.01.2006 (A) GRAZ / Orpheum
09.01.2006 (H) BUDAPEST / Petöfi Hall
11.01.2006 (D) NÜRNBERG / Löwensaal
12.01.2006 (D) BERLIN / Columbia Fritz
13.01.2006 (D) ERFURT / Centrum
14.01.2006 (D) KAUFBEUREN / All-Karthalle
15.01.2006 (F) STRASBOURG / La Laiterie
16.01.2006 (F) PARIS / Elysee Montmatre
17.01.2006 (F) LYON / Transbordeur
19.01.2006 (P) PORTO / Hard Club
20.01.2006 (E) MADRID / Aqualung
21.01.2006 (E) BARCELONA / Razzmatazz I
22.01.2006 (E) BERGARA / Sala Jam
24.01.2006 (F) LILLE / Splendid
25.01.2006 (GB) DUDLEY / JBS
26.01.2006 (GB) LONDON / Astoria
27.01.2006 (NL) AMSTERDAM / Melkweg
28.01.2006 (NL) HARDENBERG / Podium
29.01.2006 (D) STUTTGART / LKA
31.01.2006 (D) LANGEN / Stadthalle
01.02.2006 (D) BOCHUM / Zeche
02.02.2006 (D) HAMBURG / Markthalle
03.02.2006 (S) GÖTEBORG / Trädgarn
04.02.2006 (N) OSLO / Rockefeller
05.02.2006 (S) STOCKHOLM / Arenan
07.02.2006 (S) UMEA / Sky Com Arenan
08.02.2006 (FIN) OULU / Teatria
09.02.2006 (FIN) TAMPERE / Pakkahuone
10.02.2006 (FIN) KUOPIO / Työnkulma
11.02.2006 (FIN) HELSINKI / Tavastia 


~The Black Dahlia Murder update~ 

The Black Dahlia Murder has just announced upcoming tour dates in Korea and Japan in support of their highly praised release Miasma! Trevor Strnad (vox), Brian Eschbach (guitar), and John Kempainen (guitar), have announced that Tony Laureano (ex-Nile) will sit in as the drummer and Bart Williams (Today I Wait) will be filling in on bass for these dates. The band will also embark on a European tour starting on January 20th in Essen, Germany with the band Liar. 
Dec. 12 (Mon) Osaka @ Shinsaibashi Club Quattro
Dec. 13 (Tue) Tokyo @ Daikanyama Club Unit
Dec. 16 (Fri) Korea @ TBA
European dates w/ Liar:
Jan. 20 (Fri) Essen, Germany @ Zeche Carl w/ Fear My Thoughts
Jan. 21 (Sat) Sneek, Holland @ Het Bollwerk
Jan. 22 (Sun) Luxemburg, Luxemburg @ Kulturfabriek
Jan. 24 (Tue) Rennes, France @ Jardin Moderne
Jan. 25 (Wed) Paris, France @ Point FMR 
Jan. 26 (Thur) Montreux, Switzerland @ NED Club 
Jan. 27 (Fri) Milan, Italy @ Bloom 
Jan. 28 (Sat) Prato, Italy @ Anomalia Club 
Jan. 29 (Sun) Budapest, Hungary @ Kultiplex 
Jan. 30 (Mon) Wien, Austria @ Arena 
Jan. 31 (Tue) Schweinfurt, Germany @ Alter Stadtbahnhof 
Feb. 01 (Wed) Giessen, Germany @ MUK 
Feb. 02 (Thur) Darmstadt, Germany @ Öttinger Villa 
Feb. 03 (Fri) Chemnitz, Germany @ AJZ Talschock 
Feb. 04 (Sat) Berlin, Germany @ Kato 
Feb. 05 (Sun) Tilburg, Holland @ O13 
Feb. 06 (Mon) London, England @ Underworld 
Feb. 07 (Tue) Newcastle, England @ Trillians 
Feb. 08 (Wed) Glasgow, England @ Barfly 
Feb. 09 (Thur) Manchester, England @ Satan’s Ghollow 
Feb. 10 (Fri) Newport, England @ NCLA 
Feb. 11 (Sat) Norwich, England @ Ferryboat 
Feb. 12 (Sun) Kontich, Holland @ Lintfabriek 
*live photos by Nathaniel Shannon


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